|Action||Amend Minimum Standards for Jails and Lockups to add requirements on restraint of pregnant offenders|
|Comment Period||Ends 9/27/2013|
restraining women giving birth
I commend the Board of Corrections’ prior approval of proposed regulations limiting the use of restraints on pregnant inmates. I thank the Board for implementing a compassionate and commonsense policy, and urge the Board to make these proposed regulations final when they vote again at the close of this public comment period.
Restraining a pregnant woman can pose undue health risks to the woman and her pregnancy. Freedom from physical restraints is especially critical during labor, delivery, and during postpartum recovery. Restraining pregnant women is dangerous and inhumane.